Emerson College Reviews

  • 27 Reviews
  • Boston (MA)
  • Annual Tuition: $52,190
80% of 27 students said this degree improved their career prospects
81% of 27 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • Reviewed: 10/4/2022
  • Degree: Communications (Speech Pathology)
"I am a Speech at Emerson student on the 9-term track, and if I could go back in time, I would have never applied or attended this school. Their placement isn’t the best. I had a horrible experience. Their immersion meeting is a waste of money and time; it could’ve been through zoom, just like their live sessions. They assign you a student success advisor who is meant to build a relationship with you and check in on you regarding courses or provide assistance as needed. I’ve had 3 of them in 3 semesters. Please do your research, as you will barely even see reviews about this program don’t wonder why."
  • Reviewed: 1/5/2022
  • Degree: Speech Pathology
"I am Speech at Emerson student on the 5 term track and if I could go back in time I would have never applied or attended this school. They assign you a student success advisor who is meant to build a relationship with you and check in on you in terms of courses or providing assistance as needed. I’ve had 3 of them in the time span of 3 semesters and the third one I was assigned simply introduced themselves and never reached out again or answered my emails. The financial aid department is truly not helpful, they are very negligent. The placement specialists won’t share information as they search for your placements the most they say is “I have a warm lead” (whatever that means). My placement specialist had poor communication with my site resulting in a very angry email from my supervisor and I then was not provided assistance with the matter at hand and had to resolve the issue on my own. The concept of online is amazing but, overall the program needs work. In my experience I am not being treated appropriately for the amount of money it cost to attend this institution. I do not recommend look elsewhere!"
  • Reviewed: 5/12/2020
  • Degree: Creative Writing
"I’ve had a very mixed experience here, and would not have selected the school if I could go back in time. There’s not much community among grad students. My experiences with instructors has ranged from supportive to shockingly unsupportive, hostile even. The school will tell you that there are teaching opportunities for grad students, but it’s not true for everyone. You have to pay for a course first to be eligible, and there’s no guarantee of having any chance to teach. Overall, I haven’t had the experience here I hoped for."
  • Reviewed: 1/21/2018
  • Degree: Marketing
"I can't speak for other Master's programs offered at the school, but the IMC program was the biggest waste of time. You are essentially forced to take the same course over and over, material is repeated, format is the same (heavy focus on group projects and case studies) and half the courses listed in the course catalog are never even available to take. The program is antiquated and professors are extremely out of touch, especially with digital marketing and newer media. The undergrad programs are much more developed and cared for, but the graduate program seems like a complete afterthought. The large majority of my classmates expressed their disappointment and frustration with this program but it only seems to be getting worse. I would suggest saving your time and money and look at other schools to receive a quality graduate level education in marketing."
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"I thought it was a very comprehensive program in a city that offered countless opportunities. The only down side I would say is that they don't require you to work in all settings before graduation which I think would have been immensely beneficial."
PhilipD, 2006 Alumni
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2017
  • Degree: Communications
"Emerson is a uni where diversity is celebrated. It's an environment that cultivates a plethora of unique ideas and perspectives and celebrates the entirety of that spectrum. It truly is a beautiful tapestry woven on campus."
  • Reviewed: 9/23/2016
  • Degree: Communications
"The faculty at Emerson college is great. Classes have had their ups and downs but overall it's been alright. Career services is really helpful. There are few options for graduate students for study abroad programs but not as many as undergraduates have."
  • Reviewed: 7/19/2016
  • Degree: Communications
"Emerson College is a gem, a place where I found my refuge as a nerdy and ambitious young adult after the tumultuous high school years. The year that applied to Emerson (2003), the college ranked #1 on Princeton Review's "Dodge Ball Targets" list--a point of pride for me because I had always been one and never especially sporty. If you are a person who has great ambition to work in one of the careers in which Emerson specializes--film, TV production, tech theater and stage management, political communication, and broadcast journalism, among others--this is the place. The old adage applies here just the same--"You get out of it what you put into it!"--but there are so many opportunities to try out and master emerging technologies and to collaborate with other students (who may become your future colleagues) on films, plays, or campaigns. While the classes oftentimes are not as rigorous as I might have liked, you still learn quite a lot, especially since you're able to focus on your specific major from your first quarter of classes. There are liberal arts requirements sprinkled in for good measure, but you can do a deep dive into your passion from the start. Some students would joke that they learned more outside of the classroom than in, but in the film production realm, that was primarily in helping others on their student films--required for certain classes. Ultimately, the Emerson network (dubbed the "Emerson Mafia" by many) is what cinches the school for a lot of people. You build a huge network while attending Emerson, and then once you've graduated, you are protected or interviewed by prior Emerson alum who are often embedded in the career field that you desire. Word of mouth and reputation are the keys to continuing work in the film and TV production industries, so if you get a leg up into that world through another Emerson alum, you pay it forward and help out those who come next where possible. It's a supportive atmosphere while in school and once out."
Lillian Gaylord
  • Reviewed: 11/16/2015
  • Degree: Liberal Arts
"I am currently working toward my MA in Publishing and Writing at Emerson College. The hands-on experience and practical learning style adopted by the college has helped me feel prepared to tackle the job market. Emerson is very accessible and has class almost exclusively at night to accommodate those students who have a full-time job. I always felt as though I had a network of support and amazing connections with Emerson."
  • Reviewed: 11/9/2015
  • Degree: Communications
"Emerson College employs talented, professionals in the publishing industry as adjunct professors, so you are learning from people who work in the field on a daily basis. These professors provide insight that is otherwise unaccessible and give you a realistic view of what it's like to work in publishing. That being said, my graduate courses were what I made of them. If you want, you can squeak by doing minimal work, but you can also take the opportunity to make some really interesting things and form contacts that will prove invaluable upon graduation as you set out job hunting."
  • Reviewed: 11/3/2015
  • Degree: Communications
"Emerson was an exciting program with insightful and inspiring professors working in the industry. This helped provide valuable real-world experience and career connections. Boston is a vibrant city and Emerson fits well within the culture."
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2015
  • Degree: Marketing
"Emerson College is very unique. It is filled with passionate individuals who know where they want to go and what they want to achieve. Between the location, gorgeous facilities and exceptional faculty, it was an easy decision to make."
Sarah Lynn
  • Reviewed: 7/27/2015
  • Degree: Performing Arts
"Emerson is great if you like hands-on experience (which I did). It's strengths are theatre, film/tv, and writing. As someone who started in theatre but decided against it as a career right before senior year, it was not as helpful for me as I had hoped, as there was nothing I wanted to switch to. Luckily, the ProArts Consortium means students can take classes as a few other schools in the area, which I did. That was very helpful."
  • Reviewed: 7/20/2015
  • Degree: Writing
"Emerson's MA program provided excellent instruction by professors working in the industry, which made gaining hands-on experience and establishing real-life career connections possible."
  • Reviewed: 7/20/2015
  • Degree: Writing
"This school is very niche. If you aren't sure if film, theater or writing is your passion and you want to have the ability to change majors, I'd recommend choosing a different college. The writing program was good, but really if you love theater or film this is the place for you."
Angela Matner
  • Reviewed: 11/2/2014
  • Degree: Liberal Arts
"Emerson's graduate program offers excellent opportunities and connections for its students, and the small program sizes allow for plenty of networking within your own program. The social options are often limited to undergraduate students, but there are still plenty of chances for graduate students to interact with each other and with the school."
Julie Clarke
  • Reviewed: 10/18/2014
  • Degree: Education
"The professors are phenomenal, they all are passionate about what they teach and have experience in the field as well. You can make some great connections either through faculty or classmates at the program."
Alexandra Meek
  • Reviewed: 10/17/2014
  • Degree: Education
"Emerson is extremely passionate about this program which makes it easy to be passionate as well. They legitimately want us to learn and succeed and the professors are top quality and inspirations day in and day out. The only cons are that is that it is a tuition driven college so the tuition is very high with very little financial aid/scholarships other than federal loans in a city that has high living expenses as well."
  • Reviewed: 9/19/2014
  • Degree: Writing
"Emerson is an eclectic group of people, which helps a lot in the classroom. You'll have a ton of projects to do, and they put you right to work your first year instead of loading you with gen eds (though there are some, but they are generally very enjoyable). Everyone is very passionate about what they do, and that's great energy for creatives. The attendance policy is pretty strict, but hey, with only up to 20 people in a class at the absolute maximum, there has to be some sort of guidelines! People either really hate or really love Emerson, and I grew to love it."
Holly Fadie
  • Reviewed: 3/2/2014
  • Degree: Communications (Speech Pathology)
"Great town to be in school though the cost is unrealistic for many people and financial aid was not very far reaching."